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December 29, 2009

Playoff opponents

The Cowboys can be seeded second, third, fourth or sixth. The Saints have the top seed locked up. The Packers will be the fifth seed if the Cowboys lose to the Eagles. That's because the Packers beat the Cowboys this season and hold the tiebreaker edge.

The Cowboys will play either the Eagles or the Packers in the wild-card round if they are the third or fourth seed. They would play the Vikings or the Cardinals, on the road, if they are the sixth seed. The Eagles would be the second seed with a victory at Cowboys Stadium.

For the Cowboys to get the first-round bye, they need to win and have the Vikings and the Cardinals lose. The Cardinals are playing the Packers, who essentially are playing a meaningless game with a possibility of playing in Arizona the following week, so the Packers could rest their top players. The Vikings play the Giants, who have nothing to play for except their pride.

-- Charean Williams

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